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Promotion & Tenure (P&T)


As defined in the USU Policy Manual, "Tenure is that provision of employment attained after completion of a probationary period during which the probationer's performance is found to be such as to make him or her an asset to the institution because of his or her abilities as a scholar, a teacher, a researcher, a librarian, or an Extension worker. It is the policy of the University to reward such outstanding performance of tenure-eligible faculty members by tenure and/or promotion."

Decisions to promote faculty members and to award tenure are among the most important made by the University for they determine the quality of the faculty for decades to come. University policy for promotion and tenure (P&T) must be followed to ensure protection of faculty rights and protection of the University. Following are the subheadings of P&T policy (No. 405):

  • 405.1 Tenure: Intro., Rights Conferred, Eligibility Probationary Period
  • 405.2 Tenure & Promotion: Criteria for Core Faculty Ranks
  • 405.3 Tenure & Promotion: Criteria for Librarians
  • 405.4 Tenure & Promotion: Criteria for Faculty with Extension Ranks
  • 405.5 Tenure & Promotion: Criteria for Professional Career and Technical Education Faculty Ranks
  • 405.6 Tenure, Promotion & Review: General Procedures
  • 405.7 Procedures Specific to the Tenure Process
  • 405.8 Procedures Specific to the Promotion Process
  • 405.9 Term Appointments: Eligibility
  • 405.10 Term Appointments and Promotion: Criteria
  • 405.11 Term Appointment: General Procedures for Promotion
  • 405.12 Review of Faculty

Promotion and Tenure Dates

Click here for a detailed list of promotion and tenure dates.

2016-2017 Central Promotion and Tenure Committee

Click here for the list of the committee members.

Interim Provost Laurens H. Smith works closely with individual colleges, departments, and faculty on issues related to promotion and tenure, such as eligibility, prior service, leaves of absence, development of role statements, post tenure review, etc. For specific questions concerning P&T, please contact:

Laurens H. Smith
Interim Provost
Utah State University
1435 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-1435
Phone: (435) 797-1167
Email: larry.smith@usu.edu

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